The Transitional Justice Peace Agreements Database.
Glossary of Terms
The country or jurisdiction in which the conflict originated.
Name of Agreement
The name of the agreement as found in the text of the agreement. Where
appropriate, popular names of the agreements are included in parenthesis.
The date on which the agreement was signed or agreed.
The year in which the agreement was signed or agreed.
The parties who directly sign the agreement, often the parties to the
conflict and their regional allies.
Parties who sign the agreement as third
parties, such as observers, guarantors, or witnesses, and who can comprise
states, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. The
actual term used has been entered in the database.
Summary description of the agreement’s
Statehood / Identity
Provisions of the agreement dealing with the nature and identity of
the state, for example, whether it is unitary, involves autonomy, is
intended to be pluralist, or socialist.
Governance / Democratic Institutions
Mechanisms establishing new forms of governance, such as power-sharing
or interim administration, and/or new democratic institutions.
Provisions providing for full or partial amnesty.
Provisions that address how to deal with past abuses of human rights
and humanitarian law, such as through truth commissions, commissions
of inquiry, or international criminal tribunals.
Provisions specifically providing for the release of prisoners.
Provisions specifically addressing victims.
Criminal Justice Reform
Provisions specifically providing for reform of criminal justice.
National Human Rights Institution
national human rights institutions, or institutions for promoting democracy,
such as human rights commissions, ombudsman mechanisms, and equality
Human Rights Framework
Provisions providing for a human
rights framework to guide the post-conflict period, for example by making
provision for a bill of rights or for incorporation of human rights standards.
Provisions addressing the reform of the judiciary.
Provisions addressing policing, and reform of the police or of the army
where they have been providing policing functions.
Refugees / Land
Provisions specifically addressing refugees’ issues,
such as return, and land claims.
Provisions specifically addressed at the inclusion of civil society,
for example, through Peace Building Commissions, or through general calls
Provisions specifically addressing women, their inclusion, and
Development and Socio-Economic Rights
Provisions specifically addressing development and socio-economic issues
Any mechanism by which the agreement provides for its own enforcement.
Any provision noting the involvement
of international actors in negotiating the agreement, or specifically
providing for international actors to be involved in the peace agreement’s
Any provision referencing United Nations’ involvement
in the peace agreement or its implementation.
Where the agreement text was sourced.